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Seed | A Trippy, CGI, Free Project To Try Out New Techniques

By Hanssie on August 8th 2015

In my house there used to be a giant white board where we would write down random thoughts and ideas, draw pictures, write out quotes, inspirational messages, goals, dreams…you get the idea. It was a space we could brain dump. Every so often, we’d come to one of the lists we’d made – a mini bucket list – and pick something from it to do. That board kept our creativity flowing and was a lot of fun.

Seed-screenshot

[REWIND: A BEAUTIFUL BLEND OF PHOTOGRAPHY AND CGI | SHOOTING FOR THE 2014 WORLD CUP CALENDAR]

Imagine taking a board like that with all the creative ideas you’ve tossed on it and doing it all (or at least all the craziest ones) in one free-for-all project. That’s what the guys at Aixsponza did. Aixsponza is a company that specializes in motion graphics, 3D animation, visual effects and graphic design based in Munich. In an effort to try some new ideas and techniques, they created the following video, Seed, a crazy computer-generated 3.5 minute visual delight, where glowing shells dance and float the air, and gold melts people into statues. The team explains the techniques they used to generate this interesting piece:

Photoscanning of nearly all objects, Octane and Arnold rendering, Softimage ICE for a few shots, Houdini for a few others and heaps of Cinema4d for all of the rest gets the shells flying and glowing. Add a bit of WorldMachine for landscapes (and ZBrush and Modo for cleanup and retopo) and you’ve got our pipeline for this piece.

Take a look at this amazing video below.

To see how this crew of 14 made the video and how they used a crazy setup of cameras for the photoscanning, check out this behind the scenes video.

[Seed from Aixsponza]

About

Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at www.hanssie.com. Follow her on Instagram

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  1. David Hall

    Fantastic CGI! Excellent work.

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  2. Kevin Sutton

    A very lovely video! The music went well with this and the CGI was beautifully done and didn’t feel like it was over blown.

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